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Mrs. Shotwell from Crockett CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Updating our Library Collection!

My students need books to read that they want to read.

  • $718 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Hello, I am the librarian at a middle school in California. This year we are in the process of rebuilding our book selection in the library. I have learned over my 3 years as librarian at our school that my students are fascinated with reading and excited by the opportunity to check out new books they have not previously had the opportunity to read.

We are a small middle school with 300 wonderful and amazing students.

74% of my students come from lower-income families and qualify for free or reduced lunches. My library has no budget for new materials. The only funds I can use to buy books for my students come from fundraising. My students deserve every opportunity to learn everything they need to succeed regardless of their socioeconomic status in our world. I want them to read books that open their minds, broaden their perspectives and educate them about the bright opportunities that are available to them for their futures.

My Project

The more familiar I become with our collection, the more I realize we are missing lots of key subjects and modern ideas. This list of books will be a wonderful addition to our Library and inspire my students to become life-long readers.

Many of the books listed in my project are books specifically requested by my students.

The books by Brandon Mull, are a much-awaited conclusion to the series. The Fairy Tales books are for my Graphic Novel readers. Our collection is lacking in sewing, photography, sports icons from this century and so much more. The non-fiction titles in the list have been requested by many different students.

Many of my students have limited access to books at home. My Library is sometimes the only link my students have to read and learn about subjects in which they are interested. Through your assistance, we can ensure that their school is a safe and nurturing place where access to reading will motivate them to learn, think big and pursue their dreams.

Mrs. Shotwell
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 300 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Marvel: The Hip-Hop Covers Vol. 1 • Amazon Business $28.46 1 $28.46
Fablehaven Complete Set (Boxed Set): Fablehaven; Rise of the Evening Star; Grip of the Shadow Plague; Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary; Keys to the Demon Prison • Amazon Business $27.89 1 $27.89
Every Human Has Rights: A Photographic Declaration for Kids • Amazon Business $24.41 1 $24.41
The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 (American Poets Continuum) • Amazon Business $23.79 1 $23.79
Marvel: The Hip-Hop Covers Vol. 2 • Amazon Business $21.65 1 $21.65
African-American Art (Oxford History of Art) • Amazon Business $20.75 1 $20.75
Young, Black, Rich, and Famous: The Rise of the NBA, the Hip Hop Invasion, and the Transformation of American Culture • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
The 100 Best African American Poems • Amazon Business $17.00 1 $17.00
BetterPhoto Basics: The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Taking Photos Like a Pro • Amazon Business $16.82 1 $16.82
A Kid's Guide to Sewing: Learn to Sew with Sophie & Her Friends • 16 Fun Projects You'll Love to Make & Use • Amazon Business $16.31 1 $16.31
First Time Knitting: The Absolute Beginner's Guide: Learn By Doing - Step-by-Step Basics + 9 Projects • Amazon Business $15.16 1 $15.16
I Am Alfonso Jones • Amazon Business $14.72 1 $14.72
Basketball Basics: How to Play Like the Pros • Amazon Business $14.50 1 $14.50
A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book: 95 Inspiring Ideas for Photographing Your Friends, Your World, and Yourself • Amazon Business $13.75 1 $13.75
Still I Rise: The Persistence of Phenomenal Women • Amazon Business $13.44 1 $13.44
First Time Sewing: The Absolute Beginner's Guide: Learn By Doing - Step-by-Step Basics and Easy Projects • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons Series) • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Maya Angelou: A Biography of an Award-Winning Poet and Civil Rights Activist (African-American Icons) • Amazon Business $12.88 1 $12.88
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
Michael Jordan: The Life • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
Showboat: The Life of Kobe Bryant • Amazon Business $10.88 1 $10.88
How to Play Chess • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Fairy Tail, Vol. 5 • Amazon Business $10.06 1 $10.06
A Journey Through Plastic Space: An Artistic Interpretation Of Three Dimensional Space • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
Fairy Tail, Vol. 6 • Amazon Business $9.74 1 $9.74
DeMarcus Cousins: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Top Centers (Basketball Biography Books) • Amazon Business $9.65 1 $9.65
Fairy Tail, Vol. 7 • Amazon Business $9.60 1 $9.60
Fairy Tail, Vol. 8 • Amazon Business $9.60 1 $9.60
Kevin Durant (Sports All-Stars) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
National Museum of African American History and Culture: A Souvenir Book • Amazon Business $8.96 1 $8.96
The Lost Stories: Book 11 (Ranger's Apprentice) • Amazon Business $8.81 1 $8.81
Fairy Tail 10 • Amazon Business $8.58 1 $8.58
Kings of Clonmel: Book Eight (Ranger's Apprentice) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Halt's Peril: Book Nine (Ranger's Apprentice) • Amazon Business $6.40 1 $6.40
Erak's Ransom: Book 7 (Ranger's Apprentice) • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
Crochet For Beginners: Learn To Crochet Quickly & Easily Along With 15 Step-By-Step Patterns • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
The Emperor of Nihon-Ja: Book Ten (Ranger's Apprentice) • Amazon Business $4.96 1 $4.96
Vanna's Choice: Easy Crochet Critters (Leisure Arts #75266) • Amazon Business $4.03 1 $4.03

Materials cost

$523.74

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$47.92

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.86

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$609.52

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$107.56

Total project goal

$717.08

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$717.08

1 Donor

-$717.08

Donations toward project cost

-$609.52

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$107.56

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$0.00

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